New York Times interview

Despite excitement about new technologies to support climate mitigation efforts, there are innovations that humans have little or nothing to do with. Botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger speaks with Cara Buckley of The New York Times. What can we learn from the systems in the natural world that we are still discovering? What would it look like to prioritize protecting and rebuilding nature’s own resources? And how can we foster a greater connection between people and their surroundings? We’ll hear from a scientist who listens to the trees.




Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a world recognized author, medical biochemist and botanist.  She has a unique combination of western scientific knowledge and the traditional concepts of the ancient world. Orphaned in Ireland in her youth, Beresford-Kroeger was educated by elders who instructed her in the Brehon knowledge of plants and nature.

Told she was the last child of ancient Ireland and to one day bring this knowledge to a troubled future, Beresford-Kroeger has done exactly that.

Her Bioplan is an ambitious plan encouraging ordinary people to develop a new relationship with nature, to join together to replant the global forest. She shares this dream with Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson who pronounced:  Diana and I “want people to see the forest and the trees, and the wildlife abounding in wild environments, in fine detail. We want native species to be valued and cultivated one by one for the special place they have in the deep history of the land.”

Her books on trees, which brim with revelations on the medicinal properties and cultural values of arboretums "have done for the world’s forests what Jane Goodall did for chimpanzees, and what Rachel Carson did for our ancient mother, the ocean.”
Diana Beresford-Kroeger gives us her tips and advice for achieving better health and peace of mind, with frugality, simplicity and pleasure not far behind.
The avid gardener will need no other resource than this book to plan and maintain a natural garden on the country farm or in the suburban backyard, a habitat congenial to the scarlet tanager, the monarch butterfly, and the toad.
Pioneer tales, tall and true, from Westport and Perth to Smiths Falls and Merrickville, retold by the celebrated ecologist, gardener, and storyteller Diana Beresford-Kroeger.
Renowned scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger presents an unforgettable and highly original work of natural history with The Global Forest.
Arboretum America's goal is both lofty and down to earth: the salvation of the planet---through the planting of trees.
Diana Beresford-Kroeger describes how each Boreal tree group relates to its natural environment and how these specific trees can be used to promote health or to counteract the effects of pollution and global warming.

To Speak for the Trees:

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The Sweetness of a Simple Life:


The Global Forest:

  The Call of the Forest Documentary Film directed by Jeffrey McKay